Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs Ride To Nintendo 3DS And iPhone

By Ishaan . September 2, 2010 . 1:37pm


I won’t hold it against you if you haven’t heard of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. While publishing studio, World Event Productions’ other notable mech anime series, Voltron, amassed a large following for itself, Saber Rider wasn’t quite as lucky.


So just what is Saber Rider? Produced by Studio Pierrot, it was a space western originally titled “Sei Jushi Bismark.” WEP took that series, scrapped all the original dialogue, re-arranged entire episodes and scenes, and added their own soundtrack and English voiceover work, neither of which were anything like the original.


In today’s world, WEP would probably be taken to task for similar treatment of an anime license. Back in the 1980s however, WEP’s decision resulted in a show that was just as good as the original, if not better in some ways. And in addition to resulting in a fantastic show, their massive localization effort helped pioneer anime licensing in the U.S. It’s also what got me into anime in the first place.


Now, years and years after Saber Rider is well past its days of glory, German developer, Firehazard, are developing a game based on the franchise for the Nintendo 3DS and iPhone. The game will feature a new art style, based off of the original, by Patrick Reinemann, and programming will be spearheaded by Turrican Creator, Manfred Trenz, and his company, Denaris Entertainment Software.


Most importantly, perhaps, the soundtrack from the anime will be retained and remixed. If you ever decide to watch the series, you’ll notice right away how crucial the OST was to the feel of the show.


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is slated for a release sometime in the third quarter of 2011. Here’s some high-res artwork that came with the announcement:


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[Found via GoNintendo]

  • Anyone who’s ever heard that theme song can never, ever forget it. Oh dear.

    Anyway this could be cool but I’m not quite sure I dig April on that one poster. The Outriders are friggin’ perfect, though.

    • Yea, Jesse looks kind of odd, too, but Nemesis and Gattler are spot on! Ramrod looks frigging awesome, too. I’m really curious as to when this game takes place.

    • Aoshi00

      True that, I used to love that song and hummed it a lot when I was a kid :)

  • Exand

    Wow that top right poster is pretty slick looking.

  • EvilAkito

    Japanese opening is far, far better.

  • malek86

    “for the Nintendo 3DS and iPhone”Now, now, here is an interesting thought. Assuming the iPhone game will cost no more than $10, as usual, and the 3DS game will cost $40, you basically get two choices: either pay more and play the game in 3D and full controls, or pay a lot less and play the game with touch-only controls.Depending on the kind of controls used, the best choice might be the first one (such as GTA) or the second one (such as Broken Sword).

  • kylehyde

    I’ve never watched this series and now I have curiosity in watch it in their both formats. I have to admit that WEP make a good job with the american intro, heck is even a lot better than many american intros of many anime series that were licensed in the 90’s.

  • JustaGenericUser

    Man, I may come across as a nostalgia goggled geek, but the olden days in the west had awesome opening themes.

    Modern opening themes tend to be way too short and unmemorable now. Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex being two of the biggest offenders, their OPs might as well not exist.

  • Guest

    Im scared…

  • dusk

    April: Ramrod will now take navigation control.
    Ramrod: Acknowledge, April. Navigational Control, On. Ramrod Challenge Phase, 1. Head ’em up, move ’em out. Power stride and ready to ride!

    Mr German developer, you have got to get the Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) back for the voice. Even if all he says is those 4 sentences.

  • DarkAesthir

    I totally forgot about this show until the music came up.
    Can’t say I remember what happened in the show, but that music just smacked me with nostalgia.
    When I first glanced the header, I thought this post was Fate/ related.

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